- Senate voted 55 to 22 in favor of holding the trial
- Dilma suspended for 180 days
- Michel Temer, the vice-president will replace her
- Senate voting session started yesterday and lasted through the night
- Dilma’s the 2d president to be tried for impeachment since democracy was restored in 1985. In 1992, then-President Fernando Collar Collor de Mello resigned after he was put on trial by the Senate on corruption charges.
- #TachauQuerida trending
- Dilma’s most recent approval ratings at 10%
- Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy
— snap: caiosnom (@caiosnunes) May 12, 2016
Ms. Rousseff is being tried on charges that she illegally moved money between state-controlled entities to make her government’s budget deficit appear smaller than it really was. She denies wrongdoing and accuses her opponents of effectively staging a coup d’état.
Michel Temer is ready to take office. His party, the [Brazilian Democratic Movement Party] PMDB promotes (my translation),
labor and social security reforms, smaller government, reducing the interventionism that marked the PT’s administrations [under Lula and Dilma], and stimulating the private sector’s participation, especially in infrastructure.
The economy is in free fall: Brazil’s Economic Rise and Fall in Charts Underlines Temer’s Tough Task
Mr. Temer’s success or failure will depend on his ability to overcome three major crises—corruption, political dysfunction and Brazil’s worst recession in generations—that are deeply interconnected. Temer would permanently assume the presidency only if the Senate trial ends on a guilty verdict (see this post).